As a Registered Dietitian, it felt like Christmas morning all over again this morning as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released!
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) serve as nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
The 2015-2020 DGA is the nation’s trusted resource for evidence-based nutrition recommendations and serves to provide the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals with the information they need to help the public make informed choices about their diets at home, school, work and in their communities.
The DGA previous editions focused primarily on individual dietary components such as food groups and nutrients. However, people do not eat food groups and nutrients in isolation but rather in combination, and the totality of the diet forms an overall eating pattern.
Healthy eating patterns include all 5 food groups: dairy, fruit, vegetables, protein and grains. Follow a healthy eating pattern over time to help support a healthy body weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
For the first time, the guidelines recommend limiting added sugars to 10% or less of calories. The report specifically states “this does not include naturally occurring sugars as part of milk and fruits.”
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Jaclyn St. John MS, RDN, LD
Health & Wellness Manager